Worshipers at a Winners Chapel Pentecostal Church in Nairobi’s Umoja estate sustained serious wounds after a naughty 15 year old boy caused a stampede.
The faithful bolted out of the Church, falling on each other after the alleged rascal, hidden from their view pretended to be the Devil and scared them stiff.
It all began after worshipers closed their eyes and began chorusing a prayer before the sermon could begin. The boy is said to have tiptoed and picked the extra microphone at the lectern before hiding behind two loud speakers.
All of the sudden, the Church goers heard the booming voice with devilish guttural sound rasping through the Church public address system, announcing that they were now in hell and the voice speaking belonged to the devil himself.
After a loud silence rent in the air, the ‘devil’ ordered all those who truly believed in God to raise their hands, to which none responded. Instead, everyone was looking at each other with fear written all over their faces.
The ‘devil’ then announced that everyone sits down on the floor awaiting further instructions.
As the scared congregation shook and wet their pants before obeying the ‘devil’ to sit down, the pastor bolted out of the Church at maximum speed before they followed suit.
The sudden frenzied rush, coupled with “Shetani Ashindwe” shouts, created a fine mess, making some of the faithful to think it was the much talked about biblical end time.
It was the sight of elders jogging away as fast as they could, women and children wailing for help with other sacred worshipers fervently begging for mercy from the devil that tickled the offending boy, making him to laugh uncontrollably.
It was then that the technicians who maintain the sound system realized that they had been played. They looked around only to discover that an extra microphone was missing and suspected that the offending character was hiding within the Church. The technicians took it to the pulpit and announced that the incident was actually a hoax.
At this point, those who had taken off had been watching the drama unfold from a safe distance,returned. The Pastor took the microphone and began talking in serious tongues and mumbling gibberish as if to curse the offending character.
“Ragashando , ragalambanda … ropokolomashekele….” the Pastor went on as he denounced the devil, calling him a liar.
“Riswa! Riswa! shetani ashindwe!” he cursed
As few brave members trooped back, the boy who was hiding between two big speakers rose up still laughing off his head. He was almost roughed up, had it not been the timely intervention of elderly Churchgoers who pleaded with angry parishioners.
They told them to forgive the boy for he did not know what he was doing. Meanwhile, in his defense the ‘devil’ boy said he was only testing how faithful the parishioners are to God. The sermon went on uninterrupted afterwards.